The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Invention of WingsThis is an admirable story representing Kidd’s imagined details added to historical facts about women abolitionists in Charleston, South Carolina, very early in the life of anti-slavery in America. Two sisters and a slave whom they had illegally taught to read are the main characters. They were strong forces and gained a following, even persuading many women to illegally vote, as well. I found it illuminating in places, especially revealing that the Quakers were not always the abolitionists that we sometimes remember them being…it was a process…and the sisters suffered threats of disownment and much condemnation, as well as eventual expulsion from the Quakers for other reasons.

Although I at times was frustrated by not knowing which were factual details and which were Kidd’s added fictions, I believe this is a book worth careful attention.

Reviewed by Laura R.


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